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  Basic timing abilities stay intact in patients with musician's dystonia

van der Steen, M. C., van Vugt, F. T., Keller, P. E., & Altenmueller, E. (2014). Basic timing abilities stay intact in patients with musician's dystonia. PLoS One, 9(3): e92906. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092906.

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van der Steen, M. C.1, Author              
van Vugt, Floris T.2, 3, Author
Keller, Peter E.1, 4, Author              
Altenmueller, Eckart2, Author
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1Max Planck Research Group Music Cognition and Action, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634555              
2Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, France, ou_persistent22              
4The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Musician’s dystonia; Timing abilities; Sensorimotor synchronization; Perceptual timing; Machine learning
 Abstract: Task-specific focal dystonia is a movement disorder that is characterized by the loss of voluntary motor control in extensively trained movements. Musician’s dystonia is a type of task-specific dystonia that is elicited in professional musicians during instrumental playing. The disorder has been associated with deficits in timing. In order to test the hypothesis that basic timing abilities are affected by musician's dystonia, we investigated a group of patients (N=15) and a matched control group (N=15) on a battery of sensory and sensorimotor synchronization tasks. Results did not show any deficits in auditory-motor processing for patients relative to controls. Both groups benefited from a pacing sequence that adapted to their timing (in a sensorimotor synchronization task at a stable tempo). In a purely perceptual task, both groups were able to detect a misaligned metronome when it was late rather than early relative to a musical beat. Overall, the results suggest that basic timing abilities stay intact in patients with musician’s dystonia. This supports the idea that musician’s dystonia is a highly task-specific movement disorder in which patients are mostly impaired in tasks closely related to the demands of actually playing their instrument.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2013-12-282014-02-272014-03-25
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092906
PMID: 24667273
PMC: PMC3965486
Other: eCollection 2014
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Title: PLoS One
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 9 (3) Sequence Number: e92906 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1932-6203
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1000000000277850